GENERAL W M BLACK AP 135
Ship Name and Designation History
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Keel Laid November 26 1942 - Launched July 23 1943
Acquired by U.S. Navy January 26 1944
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- Covers Page 1 (1945)
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Post office established February 20 1944 - Disestablished February 8 1946
Censored wartime (WWII) use
GENERAL W. M. BLACK received six battle stars for Korean War service
* Communist China Spring Offensive
May 9-10 1951
May 20-21 1951
* UN Summer-Fall Offensive
August 4-6 1951
August 8-9 1951
September 25-26 1951
* Second Korean Winter
January 17-18 1952
March 4-5 1952
April 18-21 1952
* Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
September 7-8 1952
October 23-24 1952
* Third Korean Winger
February 24-25 1953
March 13-14 1953
* Korean Summer-Fall 1953
May 29 1953
July 14 1953
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (6) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)
NAMESAKE - William Murray Black (December 8 1855 - September 24 1933)
Black graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1877 and entered the Corps of Engineers. He advanced steadily and was appointed Chief of Engineers for the District of Columbia in 1897. During and after the Spanish-American War, he served as Commander, Department of Engineers, in both Cuba and Puerto Rico. In 1906 he was appointed Senior Member of the board for raising the famous Battleship MAINE, and in 1909 he was promoted to Brigadier General to become Chief of Engineers, Department of the East. In 1916 he was appointed Chief of Engineers, United States Army. His accomplishments were many, including river and harbor improvements in Florida ports and fortification and railroad construction in Cuba. General Black retired a Major General October 31 1919 and died in Washington, D.C., September 24 1933
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